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Beans, Beans, They’re good for your heart….

New studies show the  health benefits of coffee. Now you have another reason to have that extra cup(as if you needed one!)More and more medical studies are showing that there are other benefits to your morning cup besides for a quick pick me up and the great taste.

Heart Healthy

New reports have shown that several risk factors for heart disease, heart attack, and stroke may be countered by regular coffee consumption.

  • An American Journal of Clinical Nutrition study reported that healthy people 65 and over who drank four or more cups of caffeinated beverages daily  had a 53 percent lower risk of heart disease than non-coffee-drinkers
  • A study of about 130,000 people who reported drinking 1-3 cups of coffee per day found that the coffee drinkers were 20% less likely to be hospitalized for abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias which can lead to increase risk of cardiac arrest ) than non-drinkers, regardless of other risk factors.
  • For women, coffee may mean a lower risk of stroke. In a study of 83,700 woman, research showed a 20% lower risk of stroke in those who reported drinking two or more cups of coffee daily compared to women who drank less coffee or none at all. That pattern held regardless of whether the women had high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, and type 2 diabetes.

 

Lowering Diabetes Risks

The studies done on the health benefits of coffee have shown the connection between regular coffee drinking and the prevention of diabetes..

  • Nine separate studies were reviewed on coffee and its effects on type 2 diabetes by Harvard professors in 2005. Of more than 193,000 people questioned, those who said they drank more than six or seven cups daily were 35% less likely to have type 2 diabetes than people who drank fewer than two cups daily.
  • More recently, in studies of nearly 458,000 people, researchers found a 7% drop in the odds of having type 2 diabetes for every additional cup of coffee daily. There were similar risk reductions for decaf coffee drinkers and tea drinkers.

Decreased risk of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s

  • “For Parkinson’s disease, the data has always been very consistent: higher consumption of coffee is associated with decreased risk of Parkinson’s,” says Dr. Frank Hu, MD, MPH, PhD, nutrition and epidemiology professor at the Harvard. “It seems to be due to caffeine, though exactly how that works isn’t clear”, Hu notes.
  • A 2009 study from Finland and Sweden showed that, out of 1,400 people followed for about 20 years; those who reported drinking 3-5 cups of coffee daily were 65% less likely to develop dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, compared with nondrinkers or occasional coffee drinkers

 

How might coffee be helping our health risks? “It’s the whole package,” says Dr. Hu. He points to antioxidants — nutrients that help prevent tissue damage caused by molecules called oxygen-free radicals. “We know that coffee has a very strong antioxidant capacity,” Coffee also contains minerals such as magnesium and chromium, which help the body use the hormone insulin, which controls blood sugar (glucose).

Source: Harvard.edu/nutritionsource/nutrition-news; WebMD